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Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 09-May-24

Fall 2024 | HUM-2010-VO06 - Seminar in Educational Inquiry

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-03-2024 to 12-16-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
This section is waitlisted (1). Please contact your nearest center for availability.
Materials/Lab Fees: $75.00


Elaine Colan
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Collin Lee

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
CCV Seminar in Education Inquiry
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

Inquiry is the foundation for this interdisciplinary capstone course. It provides a forum for critical thinking about substantive issues, problems, and themes that affect the world, our society, our communities, and our selves. Throughout the semester, students will be challenged to ask critical questions, evaluate evidence, create connections, and present ideas in discussions and writing. This process prepares students for developing and presenting a culminating portfolio through which they demonstrate proficiency in the graduation standards of writing and information literacy, as well as make connections to prior learning. Because the final portfolio is essential in demonstrating these proficiencies, students must complete the portfolio with a grade of C- or better in order to pass the course. This course is required for students planning to graduate and should be taken within the year prior to graduation once all competency area requirements have been satisfied. Prerequisite: English Composition and a Research & Writing Intensive course or equivalent skills.

Essential Objectives

1. Explain how questions are framed and knowledge is gained in various disciplines, such as the sciences, humanities, and social sciences.
2. Investigate the philosophical and ethical questions arising from issues pertaining to identity, community, knowledge, truth, change, and responsibility.
3. Demonstrate advanced skills of reading, writing, and critical thinking in both group and individual work.
4. Locate, evaluate, and incorporate appropriate scholarly and professional sources, including primary and secondary evidence as needed, to address an academic research question.
5. Complete a culminating portfolio that includes:
a. A research paper with an arguable thesis that integrates five or more scholarly and professional sources to address an academic research question and demonstrates proficiency in the graduation standards of writing and information literacy according to the SEI research paper rubric.
b. A reflective essay that articulates how the student’s educational experience has influenced their understanding of themselves and the world.
c. A presentation related to the content of the paper.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

This course uses one or more textbooks/books/simulations.

Fall 2024 textbook details will be available on 2024-05-20. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be specific to this class. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks/books.

HUM-2010-VO06 Link to Textbooks for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Artificial Intelligence(AI) Policy Statement

CCV recognizes that artificial intelligence (AI) and generative AI tools are widely available and becoming embedded in many online writing and creative applications.

Prohibited: The use of generative AI is not allowed in this course, with the exception of spellcheck, grammar check and similar tools. This course rests in the value of students engaging in the learning process without relying on AI-generated content. Students will develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills independently, owning their learning journey from start to finish. If you use these tools, your actions would be considered academically dishonest and a violation of CCV's Academic Integrity Policy.


This class is comprised of a research paper, a presentation based on your research paper topic, and two additonal presentations based on the themes and discussions from the book, The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson.

There will be a heavy amount of reading in this class. The majority of the reading will come from the book. There will be a schedule posted so that you will know what sections of the book you will be responsible for and when. This book was well received by students in past semesters. I hope you find it as fascinating and as eye opening as I have.

Evaluation Criteria

ALL of the requirements must be completed in order to pass this course with at least a C- on the research paper and portfolio.

    1. Regular Attendance
    2. Satisfactory completion of assignments
    3. Satisfactory participation of online discussions
    4. Satisfactory participation in informal presentations
    5. Satisfactory completion of an individual research paper (C- minimum), reflective essay (C- minimum), and a final presentation.

Grading Criteria:

30% Class Participation Weekly Discussion Forums

5% Drafts of Reflective Essay and Research Paper

15% Research Assignments that comprise of two presentations related to the themes of this course

50% Portfolio which includes a final Research paper, Reflective Essay, and Presentation of Research Topic

All written assignments should be typed and double- spaced with a size 12 font (New Times Roman or Arial) and 1”- 1.25" margins on all four sides. Writing properly at college level is expected. You will be assessed in the following areas: format (introduction, transition from one paragraph to the next, conclusion), content, sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Below is a grading guide and what is expected at each level.

An “A” paper (A+ through A-): It must clearly be exceptional or outstanding work. It must demonstrate keen insight and original thinking. It must not only demonstrate full understanding of the topic or issue addressed, but it must also provide a critical analysis of these. An “A” paper reflects a student’s ability to clearly and thoughtfully articulate his or her learning. It must also be on time, meet the minimum length requirement, contains very few (less than 5) grammatical, spelling, and typing errors. I should completely understand the point you are trying to make. You cited evidence (when needed) of your findings either using the text or research found elsewhere. When you stated your opinion, you explained why you feel this way and gave examples when needed.

A “B” paper (B+ through B-): It must be good to excellent work. It must demonstrate strong originality, comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. A “B” paper reflects a student’s ability to clearly articulate his or her learning. It also meets the minimum length requirements, contains few (less than 8) grammatical, spelling, and typing errors. I should understand the point you are trying to make.

A “C” paper (C+ through C-): It must meet the expectations of the assignment and should demonstrate solid comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. A “C” paper reflects a student’s ability to adequately articulate his or her learning. If I ask questions throughout the paper as to why you feel this way or what exactly you mean by that then you did not clearly support your opinions or make your point. It also meets the minimum length requirement and contains several (more than 8) grammatical, spelling, and typing errors.

A “D” paper(D+ through D-): It marginally meets the expectations of the assignment. It demonstrates some comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. A “D” paper reflects a student’s difficulty in articulating his or her learning. A paper of this quality warrants a private discussion between student and instructor as to why this grade was achieved. It may meet the minimum length requirement, contains numerous (more than 15) grammatical, spelling, and typing errors. It is not organized, and there is no reference to research or text material when necessary. This is not college level quality and was not thoroughly proofread.

An “F” paper: It does not meet the expectations or objectives of the assignment. It demonstrates consistent problems with comprehension, organization, critical thinking, and supporting details. An “F” paper reflects a student’s inability to articulate his or her learning. Students are strongly urged to discuss this grade with the instructor and perhaps their advisor. It is also a paper not completed at all or is more than one week late. It does not meet any of the above requirements for A through D grades. It is also be a paper that has been plagiarized

Guidelines for submission of all assignments as well as drafts of research paper

In order for fairness to all students and the time commitment to this course, the following criteria will be adhered to this semester.

1. All assignments are due on their due date. Assignments will be submitted electronically by 11:59pm. If not received on time, the assignment will be considered late. After one week, the assignment will not be accepted.

2. Your research paper will be an ongoing process throughout the semester and you will be able to submit multiple drafts for review. I will, however, assign due dates for reference pages, thesis statements, and required drafts to keep you focused and on-time for completion.

3. If you choose not to submit drafts of your paper, you will basically "be on your own." I will not look at any draft that has not been proofread. If you hand in a draft that has multiple grammar and spelling errors, I will stop reading it. At this level, you should be able to write at the college level. Draft submissions are 5% of your grade.

These guidelines will help the process of completing the research paper as well as completing all the requirements of the course. Because this course is a high stakes course and the time and effort needed to be successful, these guidelines have been created. It also helps me and gives me ample time to review all your writing, to give you quality feedback, and to assist you in completing this graduation requirement. I can give you my best effort when you give me yours.

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


This syllabus is a summary of what to expect this semester. Changes can happen and more details in Canvas. Use our Canvas class due dates and assignments for the latest information

Introductions, Library Research,


Reviewing course documents on Canvas.


Discussion Forum Introductions and Research topics



Research topics


Narrowing down a research topic


Discussion Forum





The Warmth of Other Suns


Discussion Forum

Reflective Essay Draft 1





Discussion forum

Research Paper Draft 1



Argumentative Thesis Statements


Discussion forum



Self Evaluation


Reflective Essay draft 2



Historical Presentations


Historical Presentations



Historical Presentations continued


Historical Presentations

Research Paper draft 2








Reflective Essay Final





Research paper draft 3











Presentations continued


Research paper final



Presentations from your research paper


Presentations from your research paper


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Participation Expectations

As this is an online course, you will be expected to fully participate each week. Participation in the discussion forum will count as your attendance. If you miss a discussion forum, you will be considered absent.

Missing & Late Work Policy

Missing assignments cannot be made up after one week past the due date. You cannot make up any part of a past discussion forum as you need to be present in real time during the week. If there is an extenuating circumstance that you feel will cause you to hand in an assignment late, please email your instructor BEFORE the assingment is due.

Going on vacation is not considered a legimate excuse for not participating in the week's discussion or handing in an assignment on time. All the due dates for major assignments are given at the start of the semester. You may hand in an assignment early if needed.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.